Photos: Bodybuilding in Afghanistan

- November 29th, 2012

Male bodybuilding was permitted in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s 1996-2001 reign of terror.

But since a U.S.-led invasion toppled the regime 11 years ago, the sport has never been stronger in the war-ravaged nation.

That’s evident in the following photos from Sun Media’s wire service.

Afghan woman

An Afghan woman wearing a burqa walks by a bodybuilding poster in Kabul on Aug. 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER KLEIN

Boy bodybuilder

A young boy flexes his muscles during a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul on April 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE

bantamweights

Afghan bodybuilders compete in the bantamweight class (less than 65 kgs) during a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul on April 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE

crowd

Afghan bodybuilders compete in the lightweight class (less than 70 kgs) during a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul on April 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE

Middleweight

Afghan bodybuilders compete in the middleweight class (less than 80 kgs) during a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul on April 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE

Middleweight prep

An Afghan bodybuilder prepares to compete in the middleweight class (less than 80 kgs) during a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul on April 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE

Afghan cop

An Afghan policmen looks at an Afghan bodybuilder getting ready to preform in the Mr. Afghanistan nation wide bodybuilding competition in Kabul on May 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYO

Kabul prep

Men prepare for a bodybuilding competition in Kabul May 9, 2012. Hundreds of competitors entered the annual competition, organized by Afghanistan’s national Olympic organization, to vie for the title of Mr. Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Abs

Afghan men strike a pose during a national bodybuilding competition in Kabul May 9, 2012. Hundreds of competitors entered the annual competition, organized by Afghanistan’s national Olympic organization, to vie for the title of Mr. Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Winner

An official hugs Afghan bodybuilder Mohammad Yousuf Sakhi (centre) after he won the Mr. Afghanistan nation wide bodybuilding competition in Kabul on May 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYO

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